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Canada starts legal challenge of 'troubling' U.S. lumber duties - Metro US

Canada starts legal challenge of ‘troubling’ U.S. lumber duties

Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland takes part in a news conference with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (not shown) on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, December 19, 2017. REUTERS/Blair Gable
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WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) – The Canadian government on Wednesday criticized the United States for a decision to impose duties on certain softwood lumber exports and underlined its determination to fight the move.

The duties, which went into effect on Wednesday, are “unfair, unwarranted and troubling,” Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said in a statement. Ottawa has already launched two challenges against the duties.

(Corrects to Canada criticizing the duties, which came into effect on Wednesday. The trade challenges were launched last year, not on Wednesday)

(Reporting by Rod Nickel in Winnipeg, Manitoba; and David Ljunggen in Ottawa; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Jim Finkle)

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